General Tso Meatballs

I was looking for low-carb recipes for using up ground beef and came across one for low carb general tso meatballs. It seemed rather bland and thought they need quite a bit of , and went in search of a sauce recipe I could alter into low carb. 

I found one and I have to say, that these meatballs are now on the top of my list for meatballs. I love Swedish meatballs, but they really need a plate of egg noodles to go on – which we can’t have on low carb. Spaghetti, sauce, and meatballs – again awesome, but you can’t have on low carb. But these are saucy without needing to put them on anything, packed with flavour, and all you need with them is a fork.

I plan not only making these again, but making the sauce for chicken, chicken wings, possibly ribs, and most likely just use a spoon.

General Tso Meatballs
  1. Oil for cooking
  1. 1 lb ground beef
  2. 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  3. 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  4. 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  5. 1 teaspoon white pepper
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 teaspoons sambal oelek hot sauce
  8. 1/4 cup minced shallots
  9. 1 teaspoon minced chives
  10. 1 egg
  1. 1/2 cup chicken stock
  2. 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  3. 2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine vinegar
  4. 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  5. 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or dry sherry
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons Splenda
  7. 1 1/4 teaspoons arrowroot powder
  8. 1 teaspoon sambal oelek hot sauce
  9. 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  10. 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  11. 2 Thai chilies, minced fine
  12. 3 green onions cut into 1 inch pieces
  1. Combine the meatball ingredients in a bowl, using a small cookie scoop, form balls.
  2. Put on a plate and set in the fridge for an hour.
For the sauce
  1. In a small frying pan, add a bit of oil (I like avocado) and saute the ginger, chilies, and garlic until fragrant.
  2. Add to a small sauce pot with the other sauce ingredients.
  3. Bring to a simmer, whisking frequently.
  4. Continue to give an occasional vigorous whisk, heating until thickened.
  5. In the meantime, heat a couple tablespoons of avocado oil to a frying pan, adding the meatballs.
  6. When cooked halfway through, gently turn over and continue cooking.
  7. When they are almost cooked, gently toss in the pan.
  8. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon, and place in a bowl.
  9. Pour the sauce over the meatballs, tossing gently.
  10. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve.
Adapted from Sauce from Daring Gourmet
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